ABOUT Domestic AbuseIt can affect both sexes, and people from all walks of life and ethnicity. You may think that domestic violence and abuse can only affect partners or ex-partners but it can also affect children, parents and other family members. Domestic abuse can be defined as an incident or pattern of incidents involving controlling, threatening, coercive, degrading, humiliating and violent behaviour, including sexual abuse.
Domestic abuse takes different forms and can include any of the following;
- Physical Violence (hitting with or without a weapon, punching, kicking, choking, pushing and throwing objects)
- Sexual Abuse (being forced to engage in sexual intercourse or any other type of sexual activity such as touching and groping)
- Threats & Intimidation
- Financial Abuse (taking your money, controlling your finances, preventing you from earning an income)
- Emotional Abuse (making you scarred and afraid, stalking, blackmailing, playing mind games, coercive control)
- Online Abuse & Cyber Bullying (using internet and social media to degrade, humiliate, control, isolate, bully or insult you)
- Forced Marriage
HOW we can help you
- Non-Molestation Orders
This injunction order will prevent your abuser from using violence or threats of violence against you or your children. This covers a range of behaviours including, intimidation, harassment and pestering which play a part in domestic abuse. It is a criminal offence to breach a Non-Molestation Order even if no other crime is committed at the time. All breaches must be reported to the police immediately and the criminal courts will have the power to sentence the abuser to a maximum of 5 years’ imprisonment.
- Occupation Orders
In this injunction order the court will decide who can live in the family home in the short-term or enter the surrounding area. It can also include the enforcement of a set of strict rules about living arrangements and conditions in your home. These orders will affect your rights and/or the rights of your ex-partner to the home you live in. For example, an occupation order may order your abuser to stay within certain parts of the house or could even order the abuser to leave the property all together and to stay a certain distance from your home.
Any individual who is legally associated with their abuser and has rights to the property can apply for an occupation order. It is very important that you seek professional legal advice from an experienced solicitor as there are a number of additional options available under this legislation.
To find out more please contact us for a free initial consultation on 0161 393 6880 or email us at [email protected].
Our dedicated client team will also ensure that you receive regular updates on the progress of your case. It really is that easy.